New fines for anti-social and careless driving habits are to be introduced in July.
Tailgaters, middle-lane hoggers and mobile phone users will be targeted by the new on-the-spot penalties.
Currently, guilty drivers are issued with a court summons after being stopped by the police. Fines reduce bureaucracy, making it easier for police to crackdown on careless driving.
“Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people’s lives at risk,” said Transport Minister Stephen Hammond.
“That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice.”
On top of the fine, motorists will be given the option to complete a training course to avoid driving license points.
Drivers will be given 28 days to pay the fine.
Drivers may refuse to pay the fine if they feel they have been wrongly accused, though must defend themselves in court.
Simon Best, Chief Executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, feels that the new legislation has flaws.
“What we don’t want is for the line between careless driving, which attracts these fixed penalties, and dangerous driving to become blurred.
“For example, there could be an instance of dangerous driving which would, if pursued, involve a court case.
“But instead it’s downgraded to careless driving and a fixed penalty notice is issued because that’s easier from a procedural point of view.”
Edmund King, President of the AA, however supports the changes.
“We are please that at long last new powers and fines will be given to the police,” said King.
“We believe that an increase in the standard motoring fixed penalty fine will help deter those who commit motoring offences.”
By Daniel Walker